Shailene Woodley has won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards being held on Saturday (February 25) at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, Calif. The awards honor independent filmmakers and their craft, and traditionally take place the day before the Academy Awards.
The 20-year-old actress won for her critically-acclaimed portrayal of George Clooney’s strong-willed teen daughter in The Descendents. In accepting her award, Shailene credited the movie with helping her to grow up describing the shoot as “four months that shaped my young-adult life.”
“As an 18-year-old,” she added in a backstage interview, “it was kind of a catalyst for me coming into my own.”
Shailene – who until recently was only known for starring in the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, had high praise for on-screen dad George, calling him “the head of all happiness,” and said he urged her to “look beyond the bubbles we associate with ourselves everyday.”
Although it would turn out that the young actress was the only Spirit winner (among the actors) who would not be competing for an Oscar on Sunday, Shailene was not bitter in the least, and gushed about one of her fellow actors.
“I am so stoked for Octavia,” she said, referring to Oscar favorite Octavia Spencer of The Help. The predicted winner, she said, “is such a nice human being.”